PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES

Public Safety Initiatives

The Office of Community Outreach provides educational and technical assistance to the community regarding public safety services provided by the City of Pittsburgh. The City also works with other municipal government and nongovernment service agencies toward that goal.

Safer Together Pittsburgh

Safer Together Pittsburgh strives in its work of providing outreach and assistance to the residents and businesses of Pittsburgh. They work at building and strengthening relationships, partnerships, and communication between the City’s Public Safety Zone Councils, associated community-based public safety structures, other various public safety bureaus, and also within the neighborhoods they serve. Additionally, Safer Together Pittsburgh examines methods and proven approaches in order to better respond to the needs and service expectations of under-served communities and populations in Pittsburgh.

STOP the Violence

The STOP the Violence Office attempts to promote, assist and connect the anti-violence activities sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh with other governmental and private anti-violence activities and with citizens who want to eliminate violence. City sponsored activities include Group Violence Intervention (GVI), the Pittsburgh Police Community Engagement Unit, and Youth & Adult Diversion programs. 

One of the principal tools of the Office is their monthly STOP the Violence newsletter highlighting the facts on violence in the City, featuring insights on City sponsored activities and community-based initiatives to prevent violence, and showing how YOU can get involved. To obtain the free newsletter, please sign up HERE. 

For more information, please contact:
412-522-7286

Citizen's Police Academy

Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for citizens in the Pittsburgh community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau. All intersitested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.

Student Police Academy

Likewise twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for High School students in the Pittsburgh community to also become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau. The Pittsburgh Student’s Police Academy (SPA) brings the police and Pittsburgh’s high school community closer together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.

 For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Student Police Academy and/or Citizen’s Police Academy, please contact:
 
JOHN TOKARSKI
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
SUITE 400   CITY - COUNTY BUILDING
404 GRANT STREET
PITTSBURGH PA 15219
412-432-8674
john.tokarski@pittsburghpa.gov